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Old 24 May 2006, 21:52   #1 (permalink)
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I apologize if this has been covered elsewhere but here's my question.
Why pay extra points for a shield generator when a shield drone does the same thing? They both protect the individual correct?
Both work against shooting or melee attacks correct?
What am I missing?
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Old 24 May 2006, 22:11   #2 (permalink)
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Yup, it's stupid.
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Old 24 May 2006, 22:23   #3 (permalink)
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If the drone dies, the shield is gone. However, I would say just get 2 Shield Drones. 20 points for a 50% chance of survival versus Lascannons seems pointless. 30 points for a 100% chance survival versus Lascannons is better. The drone may die, but there will be one more, and a 15 point casualty is better than a 70 point Broadside casualty.

Drones are much better.
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Im pretty sure you loose the IC status if you get drones. Thats why you would take a shield gen!
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Old 24 May 2006, 22:27   #5 (permalink)
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Well on a non IC unit the drones have the disadvantage of adding to your squad size.

1 Battle suit with shield gen takes a wound - no morale test.

1 Battle suit with 1 or 2 shield drones loses a drone - morale test for 25% casualties.

They both have their pros and cons.
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Im pretty sure you loose the IC status if you get drones. Thats why you would take a shield gen!
Yup, drones negate IC status. Independant Charecter staus is actually safer than drones, since it's better to be passed over during shooting than to survive it.

Although, perhaps there's a niche for a fire magnet suit w/ 2 sheild drones and light weapons- make it look like a threat and it could give you some time to get your own forces within firing range.
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Old 24 May 2006, 22:36   #7 (permalink)
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Death rain Shas'vre monat with AFP, iridium armor, and shield drones for the maximum annoyance factor!
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Old 24 May 2006, 22:48   #8 (permalink)
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Death rain Shas'vre monat with AFP, iridium armor, and shield drones for the maximum annoyance factor!
No, think cheaper! maybe something like:
XV8 Shas'vre *1 (monat)
-Burst cannon (use vehicle ones to make him look more threating)
-Flamer
-Iridium plating
-drone controller and *2 shield drones:
87pts

Perfect for drawing fire, although a little bit expensive for a single model trying to do so.
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Old 25 May 2006, 00:29   #9 (permalink)
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I think both of the last two "annoyance" suit examples would be fun to try. I wouldn't build my doctrine around it, but interesting nonetheless.

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Old 25 May 2006, 00:39   #10 (permalink)
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1 SG is cheaper then 2 SD's, plus if you put it on an IC, he can also use it when caught in hth. On top of that, if you get wounded my many multiple high str/high ap weapons, you'll eventually have to put it on the suit, meaning auto kill.
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